Morning Briefing: Housing boom "different this time" says SF Fed

by Steve Randall17 Nov 2015
Housing boom “different this time” says SF Fed
House prices have been increasing in the last few years with some markets seeing strong gains. However the current conditions are not the same as in the lead up to the financial crisis although cannot be ignored. That’s according to the group vice president of the San Francisco Fed’s Economic Research Department Reuven Glick.

In a research paper he highlights the rise of median house prices to a 2006 peak before a 30 per cent decline through 2011. With prices back to near their pre-recession peak he notes that this time there is a “less pronounced” increase in the price-to-rent ratio and a decline in the ratio of household mortgage debt to disposable income.

While concluding that the current conditions are very different from those that led to the bust he advises that regulators and policymakers remain vigilant to avoid “a replay” of what happened before.
 
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